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Definition of lighten verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    lighten

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪtn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪtn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lighten
    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪtn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪtn//
     
    he / she / it lightens
    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪtnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪtnz//
     
    past simple lightened
    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪtnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪtnd//
     
    past participle lightened
    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪtnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪtnd//
     
    -ing form lightening
    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪtnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪtnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] lighten something to reduce the amount of work, debt, worry, etc. that somebody has synonym lessen equipment to lighten the load of domestic work The measures will lighten the tax burden on small businesses.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to become or make something become brighter or lighter in colour The sky began to lighten in the east. lighten something Use bleach to lighten the wood.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to feel or make somebody feel less sad, worried or serious synonym cheer lighten (up) My mood gradually lightened. lighten something (up) She told a joke to lighten the atmosphere.
  4. 4[transitive] lighten something to make something lighter in weight
  5. Phrasal Verbslighten up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lighten

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